Let's Talk Less Rubbish outlines our Joint Municipal Waste Management strategy which we've developed with North Yorkshire County Council and district councils across North Yorkshire, to deal with the area's waste for the next 20 to 25 years.

We aim to increase the level of re-using, recycling and composting across the county and to reduce the amount of waste that ends up in landfill.

Allerton Waste Recovery Park

Allerton Waste Recovery Park (AWRP), near Knaresborough, began generating electricity in March 2018 - most of the waste used to produce energy comes from households in North Yorkshire and York.

From rubbish that would previously have gone to landfill the facility:

  • generates enough energy to power 40,000 homes a year
  • can to treat up to 320,000 tonnes of waste a year
  • diverts more than 90% of waste from landfill
  • reduces carbon emissions by the equivalent of taking 12,000 cars off the road overnight
  • treats waste rather than sending it to landfill, which helps to combat global warming

AWRP processes waste through a mechanical treatment plant, which separates recyclable and organic materials. Organic material is fed into an anaerobic digester, which generates renewable energy. The remaining waste is used to generate enough electricity to power at least 40,000 homes. By-products are also treated and recycled into materials for a range of uses.

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